Post # 1
I am thinking of getting my nails done about a month before our wedding, to get used to them (I have worn them before but it’s been a really long time.) and then just get them refilled a few days before.
Can you paint fake nails? What color should I get them done in, if I want to paint them at some point? I had only gotten french before so I don’t know. I was thinking I might want a really pale pink or nude.
Normally I would get Shellac but I’ve noticed even just 2 days later, I can tell it’s grown out and I don’t like how it looks. With acrylic, it takes at least a week to tell…for me anyway.
Post # 3
You can get them painted at the salon before they put the top coat on. This way they won’t chip and the application will be flawless. You can also paint them yourself but if they have started to grow out it can look really bad, and you have to make sure that you use non-acetone nail polish remover.
Post # 4
@Coral99: I don’t understand the question, are you wanting to get them done a month before your wedding, then paint them yourself for your wedding.
ETA: Nvm I think I understand. Salons will not usually do fills on shellac and gel manicures, just acrylic (all the salons I’ve been, anyways). If you really need the month to get used to them, if I were you, I would get gel nails done a month before your wedding, then a few days before your wedding go have them removed and redone completely. That way you can get whatever color you want in the actual gel, instead of painting over it. They won’t last an entire month, anyways. If you get acrylic, you could probably get them filled and have them paint over it at the salon, as PP said, if you want a different color.
I would suggest a very subtle color for your wedding, like a pretty nude or very pale pink color. I personally like French the best, especially in gel because when it starts to grow out, you can’t tell, so it lasts a lot longer.
Post # 5
For the last two months I have been getting my nails done regularly. Not because I need to get use to them, but because I took my bridals in February and been keeping them up until the wedding. I always get a French acrylic set. To me it looks natural and I just go get them filled every two to three weeks. All depends on how my nails are growing. I just got a fill this weekend, but will be going back the Friday before my wedding to get a fill.
Post # 6
I have gel nails, I’ve had them for years. I get them filled every 3 weeks. I used to get a French done but lately I get them to paint my nails (I love colour lately). They put the colour on then a top coat.
I tend to get bored after a week so I take it off and paint them myself with a different colour. They’re easy to paint, doesn’t damage the gel nail at all.
@LilliePad: Salons here in Canada do fills on Gel nails. Costs me $30 to have them filled (it’s $55 for a fresh set put on).
Post # 7
@Lyndzo: She means gel polish, not the fake nails.
Post # 8
@Lyndzo: Hmm, maybe it’s a regional thing. It costs right around $30 for a new set here, so maybe they don’t fill because it’s just so cheap to get them redone completely.
Yes, I was talking about gel polish. I have never gotten the fake tips with the gel polish, so I assumed it was just the same.
Post # 9
Yes – I had gel nail extensions done for my wedding and just had them painted with normal nail varnish (not shellac or gel), and I was able to remove the nail varnish with normal remover after the wedding and re-paint them.
I had mine done in a square shape but then didn’t like it, so filed them rounded (it took forever!).
I liked mine. I had them done in a pale pink colour, but I think getting a french mani would be great for a wedding look too.
I found they grew out quite quickly and got some dirt and gunk and soap etc easily caught under them after a week or so (like under the nail) so I had to scrub under them extra than just washing my hands.
They lasted about 2 weeks and then started breaking, but that included our honeymoon so they were getting worn swimming etc. I’d recommend trying a set to ensure you like the way the salon does them, then getting them professionally removed to prevent damage, then getting a fresh set a day or 2 before your wedding.
Post # 10
I’m getting my nails done in a french gel shellac because that way I can wear it for about 2 weeks before it’s grown out to the point I can’t stand it.
One of my girl friends, who is getting married 3 weeks after me, if getting her nails done at the same time so she can get used to the feel of the gel shellac and so her nails will grow out evenly (we both have weak peel prone nails so this is the best way to make sure one doesn’t decide to break the day before the big day). I’ve suggested she get a clear or nude color put on so they can grow out and not look bad.
Post # 11
I used to do that. I found press on nails – Lee makes them – they are just like acrylic nails and last 2 weeks. I just carry the little glue it comes with in my purse.
It’s a TON cheaper. With acrylic, it’s too much upkeep every 2 weeks and gets expensive and time consuming. I used to get pink and white.
If you go with the Lee nails, found anywhere, target, drug stores…etc…just do it a few days before. They look exactly the same. I’ve gotten a TON of compliments on them and everyone thought they were acrylic/pink/whites.
I just don’t like how the acrylic ruined my nails, and they were harder to remove.
Post # 12
acrylic will always damage the base nail…. My sister couldn’t put her hands in warm water if the fake nails were off after using them for about a year 🙁 she stopped and it took a LONG time (months!) for her to get any protection from her real nails.
Post # 13
$4-6 vs $35-40 for first time apply + $18-$25 for a fill every 2 weeks…(that’s what it cost me in my area)
Which would you rather? LOL
Post # 14
Usually I find after my second fill or even third fill, the French white tips have gotten to the spot where my nails naturally separate from my skin underneath. I think that’s the most natural look of French tips. If OP IS talking about full color, then my point doesn’t apply. I’m just adding my lil bit to the topic. 🙂
Post # 15
@kryren: I love Shellac. I really do. I get it in real life. But I can’t stand how after just a few days (2-3 maybe?) I can start to see grow out. I’m getting married on a Mon out of town. The latest I would be able to get it and my nails look ok, is Saturday. I just figure if I got gel/acrylic, it’s something I could knock out and not worry about for a while.
You know…thanks for this reminder! I totally forgot this was an option. I might just go pick up a pack and play around with them. They have come a long way with sizes, colors and shapes.
I’ve had acrylics many times before. I think it depends on the condition of your nail in the first place. One place I have gone to, won’t even put acrylic on your nails unless they are healthy. And then they don’t suggest them for long periods of time. I suppose everyone is different. A gf of mine has had fakes for years. Close to 15? lol She has never gone without them and she’s ok.
Sorry if I wasn’t clear!! I’m strictly talking about acrylic nails here. I was suggesting a month to have them and get them refilled a week or so before the wedding so they will be fresh. I too like French but sometimes the white tip gets too wide and looks weird to me. Or too thin. I’ve had that issue too. So I was thinking well maybe I could just get a super pale color painted on. So what color would I pick? Still do French and have them paint over so when I remove it, it will be French? I’m thinking like for my Honeymoon. 🙂
Post # 16
@Coral99: Ooh I see what you’re getting at now! I suggest say for the actual nail color to do something very light because it will be harder to paint over a bright or dark color, but the color psi put on top could be anything! You could have the stylist do French or a pale pink for the wedding, then you could paint a fun color on top for the HM! Or if you want French for the Honeymoon I think what you suggested would be a good idea: start out with French, then paint over it with pink for the wedding when you get them filled, then you could take off the pink yourself and have French again for the Honeymoon.